The Accident Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why can he not have a drink?

2. What does the protagonist do when Kathleen attempts to start a conversation?

3. What feels like fire?

4. Why does Halina do this?

5. What is the protagonist standing alone doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. To whom does he run in this memory? What does this person do?

2. What does he tell the nurse? What is her response? Why does he feel this way?

3. How does the protagonist meet Kathleen?

4. Why does the protagonist believe his grandmother is outside his room?

5. What happens right before the accident?

6. What does the protagonist realize years later about his grandmother?

7. What does the protagonist vow? What ends his memory?

8. Of what does this insatiable feeling remind him?

9. What happens, moments after the protagonist and Kathleen meet?

10. What does the protagonist tell the stranger? How does the stranger respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dr. Paul Russel is a pivotal character in the story.

Part 1) Why is he a pivotal character?

Part 2) How does the protagonist interact with him? Why?

Part 3) How, in a sense, are the doctor/patient roles reversed?

Essay Topic 2

The main character thinks more about death than life.

Part 1) How does this affect his relationship with others?

Part 2) What would his grandmother think about this? Use the text to support your response.

Part 3) Based on this story, how does the author believe one can change and enjoy life?

Essay Topic 3

When lying on the ground, the protagonist is reminded of a poem by Dylan Thomas that says, "rage, rage, against the dying of the light."

Part 1) Why might he think of this poem?

Part 2) How does this contrast with his actions and feelings?

Part 3) How does this poem reflect the beliefs of others in the play?

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